The illegal armed formations in Donbas are not allowing civilians to go through the boundary line in any direction. The residents are stating on much military equipment and checking. Oleh Slobodyan, Assistant of the Head of the State Border Guard Service claimed this on the air of 112 Ukraine.
'The situation hasn't changed. Russian-terrorist forces suspended the crossing in both directions. Currently, the situation remains the same. The border guards and the representatives of other services are working. We are ready to carry out the crossing but the other side is allowing to cross in neither of two directions. We are receiving information from the people on much military equipment in Donetsk region and on many checking. However, you all know that we do not support any contacts with the occupants, this is why it is impossible to approve the information on the formal level,' he said.
The residents claim that such a situation will be kept until the funeral of Aleksander Zakharchenko, the dead former leader of so-called "DNR".
Reportedly, on August 31, as a result of the explosion in the restaurant in the downtown of Donetsk, head of so-called “DNR” Oleksandr Zakharchenko died. The Russian mass media reported that Oleksandr Timofeyev, so-called "minister of revenue and duties" of so-called "DNR" has also died. The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained “Ukrainian saboteurs” who are presumably involved in the assassination of Zakharchenko. Although, SBU hasn’t approved the information.
ORDO, Separate district of Donetsk region, suspects one of the guards of Zakharchenko in his death. At the same time, the Russian MFA accused "Kyiv regime" in the death of Zakharchenko. It was reported on the closure of all crossing checkpoints along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line because of the incident. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences over the murder of Zakharchenko.